Discharging patients with vaccine hesitant parents

As an ethicist I try to always be as balanced as possible when I write columns like this one. This is not because I...

A life or death decision

Kay Carter, Gloria Taylor, #Dr. Donald Low, and Hassan Rasouli – all names of Canadians who have made headlines recently for being at the...

Should oral feeding be considered healthcare or a necessity of life?

About a month ago the case of Margot Bentley hit the national news. Ms. Bentley is an 82 year-old former nurse, whose work with...

With MERS and company in our world, infection control must be a habit for...

Have you heard of MERS yet?  If not, you likely will soon.  The Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Novel Coronavirus (MERS-nCoV) was in the news...

Don’t ignore those ethics red flags

A couple of weeks ago I participated in two case reviews for a community care organization, one of which dealt with issues that were...

‘Why didn’t my daughter’s therapist check with me about this counselling?”

Gone are the days when healthcare practitioners needed to recall the legal age of consent for treatment –18, 12, 9, 15?  In most Canadian...

Refusal of pain medication

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Are there limits to a patient’s autonomy in making health care decisions?

This is a question healthcare professionals have to answer almost every day. As they work with patients and families who are making healthcare decisions,...

What does ethics have to do with recruitment and retention?

#Recruitment and retention of high quality health care staff is an ongoing challenge for hospitals in Canada, especially when it comes to nurses.  A...

Ask the Ethicist: Year in review

The past year saw some significant events for ethics in healthcare practice, touching on the beginning and end of life, and its quality –...

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